The 2020 hemp season was a challenge for growers in the US state of Illinois, reflected in recently published crop statistics.
In 2020, 2734 hectares of hemp were grown in the state, of which 2392 hectares were harvested. Last year 2,800 hectares of hemp had been planted in harvested, showing the effects of covid in the field of agriculture. This is the first time in Illinois that the market has been associated with processing problems.
Despite these challenges, the Illinois hemp industry continues to demonstrate resilience and strength. "IDOA remains a good partner in the industry and we look forward to the growth phase until 2021", said David Lakeman of IDOTA. In 2020, the IDOA granted 802 licenses for hemp cultivation and processing in Illinois, compared to 651 licenses in 2019, an increase of 18 percent.
In the 2019 season, 137 licensees failed to meet the 2020 figures, an increase of 2.5 percent on the previous year.